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Module 3: Schema Therapy: Therapist's own schemas Working with Specific Personality Disorders (2 Days) 

Minimalist Chairs



This workshop will enable those who attend to understand the Mode Model and how it relates to Borderline Personality Disorder, Obsessional Compulsive Personality Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder. Participants will be able to consider the treatment protocols for both disorders and how sessions are structured to provide effective Schema Therapy with these presentations. The role of specific coping modes in understanding Personality Disorders will be considered and participants will be able to practice empathically confronting both the Detached Protector Coping Mode and the Perfectionistic Over-controller Coping Mode. Module participants will have opportunity to practice experiential interventions with the particular modes which define both conditions, including Parent/Critic Modes and the specific Child Modes.  In addition, participants will be introduced to the relevant schema modes which define Avoidant, Dependent and Narcissistic Personality Disorder.  

Throughout the workshop an emphasis will be placed on skills practice, with opportunity to observe Advanced Schema Therapists demonstrating the core interventions and participants provided with supervised role-play practice to develop and refine their clinical skills.  This workshop provides a firm foundation for participants to understand personality disorder within a Schema Therapy framework and to structure and refine their interventions utilising the mode model. This module is suitable for practitioners with experience of working with complex psychological case who wish to enhance their clinical intervention skills. Candidates can attend this module as a stand-alone module, however we would advise that candidates have undertaken prior reading on Schema Therapy to fully benefit from the two days (see our resources list).

Candidates will be invited to consider their own schemas and how schema activation can impact and create barriers to the effective delivery of Schema Therapy. 


Candidates undertaking the Certified route will be required to have attended Module 1 (Theory, Conceptualisation and Relationship) and Module 2 (Treatment Techniques: Cognitive, Experiential and Behavioural Interventions) prior to completing this module.  


Outline of Module 3 

  • Therapist's schemas

  • Dealing with obstacles arising from therapist schema activation

  • Schema therapy with Borderline Personality Disorder Modes

  • Schema therapy with Narcissistic Personality Disorder Modes

  • Schema Therapy with Obsessional Compulsive Personality Disorder Modes

  • Overview of Avoidant Personality Disorder; Dependent Personality Disorder; Histrionic Personality Disorder

  • Working with Angry Modes

  • Differentiation and intervention of modes

  • Exploring our schemas  

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